“Aravot” dismisses Russian lawmaker Konstantin Zatulin’s claim that Levon Ter-Petrosian’s participation in the Armenian presidential election is part of a Western plot to destabilize the situation in Armenia. The paper says the warm reception which Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian was given in Washington is enough to understand that the United States does not support a democratic revolution in Armenia. “Only the people of Armenia can solve the issue of power with their activity or passivity, with their consolidation or fragmentation,” it concludes in an editorial.
“Hayots Ashkhar” insists that Levon Ter-Petrosian and his allies “do not have the slightest chance” of winning the presidential election. “Three to five percent [of the vote] is the maximum they can dream about,” says the paper.
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” is also dismissive about Ter-Petrosian’s chances, saying that the former president is surrounded by “political dwarfs” who have reduced his clout since he ended his decade-long silence. “It is obvious that all of that is a provocation against their own people,” writes the government paper.
“Taregir” condemns the police for Wednesday’s arrests of opposition activists advertising Ter-Petrosian’s Friday rally. The pro-Ter-Petrosian paper says Armenians are sick and tired of the “dirty Soviet methods” used by the police.